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Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty 2017-05-08
Kangxi Emperor (May 4, 1654 – December 20, 1722) is the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty and is the one who started the last flourishing age of feudal China. Ascending the throne at a young age of 8, he didn’t actually hold power until 14 and he had been on the throne for 61 years, the longest in Chinese history.


Though a great emperor in Chinese history Kangxi Emperor is, his childhood can only be described as ‘miserable’: losing parents at a young age, acting as a puppet emperor without actual power for years and being bullied … All these didn’t make him simply feel sorry for himself, instead he worked and studied hard to become a good emperor. Legend has it that there were days when he studied so hard that he vomited blood. Under his unremitting efforts, he finally seized power and led China onto the road of prosperity.


During his lifetime, Kangxi Emperor made six inspection tours to Jiangnan Region (normally referring to the geographic area south of the Yangtze River) and Hangzhou had been one of his destinations. As is known to all, the heavenly Hangzhou prides itself on the West Lake - a nature’s wonder and a masterpiece of many generations. It’s this lake that has attracted Kangxi Emperor to Hangzhou and made him unable to leave. His love for the West Lake can still be seen in the ten steles erected beside the Top Ten Views of West Lake with his inscriptions on and the old site of his temporary Imperial Palace which faces West Lake and is backed against the Solitary Hill.

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